Janella Salvador

Janella Maxine Desiderio Salvador (born March 30, 1998) is a Filipino actress and singer. After appearing on stage, she debuted in the 2012 hit family series Be Careful with My Heart and since starred in Oh My G!, So Connected, Born for You and The Killer Bride.

Janella Salvador
Janella Salvador in 2019.jpg
Janella Maxine Desiderio Salvador

(1998-03-30) March 30, 1998 (age 22)
Cebu, Philippines
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2012–present
AgentStar Magic
Brightlight Productions
GMA Artist Center
Partner(s)Markus Paterson (2019-present)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar

  • cello[1]
LabelsStar Music

Early lifeEdit

Salvador was born in Cebu and raised in San Juan City.[2]

Her parents are West End musical actress Jenine Desiderio and Juan Miguel Salvador, Awit Award winning songwriter[3][4] and former lead singer of Rage Band.[5]

She has a half-brother and two step siblings.[6]


Early careerEdit

Like her parents, she has interest in performing arts at a young age.[7]

Between 2008 and 2009, she represented the Philippines in a world trade fair in Seoul, Korea. She appeared on stage in venues such as Meralco Theater, her first lead role being the school musical Paul! Paul![8] After guesting on Eat Bulaga's Sa Pula, Sa Puti, management directors Manny Valera and Star Magic's Johnny Manahan signed her a contract as their talent.[9]

Her official acting debut came in 2012 through the hit daytime drama, Be Careful With My Heart, which aired until 2014.[10][11][12] Salvador's character, middle daughter Nikki Grace Lim, was widely known for her Coño catchphrases.[13] Winning newcomer awards, she would became one of the youngest faces of Garnier skin care.[14]

Salvador also signed film contracts with Regal Entertainment and Star Cinema, both in 2014.[15][16]

Lead roles and musicEdit

Salvador in 2015 for Haunted Mansion

ABS-CBN in 2015 cast Salvador in her first leading role in Oh My G! as an orphan who blames God for the trials in her life.[17] On July 1, Salvador released her debut album. It peaked at number one for several weeks,[18][19] and became certified platinum by PARI.[20] After featuring in a song for Hong Kong Disneyland, she made her film debut in director Jun Lana's Haunted Mansion. The film was a top grosser at the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival.[21]

In 2016, she had her second major lead TV role through the music based drama Born for You. Salvador portrays an aspiring musician who studies and works in Tokyo.[22] In the soundtrack, she released her first Japanese-language songs.[23][24]

2017 came her first solo concert, Super Janella,[25] an ensemble role in director Topel Lee's film Bloody Crayons, as well as feature in Himig Handog through the Karlo Zabala-penned song "Wow Na Feelings" which won 4th Best Song and TFC's Global Choice Award.[26][27][28]

In 2018, Salvador starred in two films. After portraying a singing mermaid in fantasy film, My Fairy Tail Love Story,[29][30] she would garner praise in director Jason Paul Laxamana's rom-com So Connected, where she played a lovestruck waitress.[31][32] In 2019, Salvador returned to the small screen after three years through The Killer Bride. Her role as a possessed girl named Emma who moves to Las Espadas years after a freak killing, won her Princess of Philippine Television at the national Box Office Entertainment Awards.[33]

At the end of 2019, Salvador starred opposite veteran actress Maricel Soriano in film The Heiress, based on the Philippine barang folklore.[34] In 2020, she appeared in Tren, the second highest rating episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya for the year. She played Aira, a university student who reconciles with her past lover.[35][36]

Personal lifeEdit

She is in a relationship with Filipino-British actor Markus Paterson.[37]

On October 20, 2020, she gave birth to their son Jude in Bath, Somerset, England.[38][39] A YouTube video titled Hey, Jude released on January 5, 2021 documented her pregnancy journey.[40]


Studio albums

Promoted singles

Title Promotional date
Mahal Kita Pero August 2014
I Can  January 2015
Ganyan Talaga July 2015
Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso
Mananatili April 2016
Pumapag-ibig  June 2016
How Far I'll Go  November 2016
Alam Mo Ba December 2016
Wow Na Feelings September 2017
Hey It's Me November 2017
Be My Fairytale  February 2018
Atin Cu Pung Sing Sing October 2018
Take It Easy April 2019
Nung Tayo Pa August 2019
Blanko January 2020
Somewhere in My Past February 2021
  Singles that appeared in film or television drama soundtracks.



Year Title Role
2015 Haunted Mansion Ella Santos
2016 Mano Po 7: Tsinoy Caroline Wong
2017 Bloody Crayons Eunice Nicolas
2018 My Fairy Tail Love Story Chantel Quejada
So Connected Trisha Biscocho
2019 The Heiress Guia


Year Title Role
2012–2014 Be Careful With My Heart Nikki Grace Lim
2013–present ASAP Herself/Performer
2014 Goin' Bulilit Herself/Guest
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Card Felynit "Neneng" Gallego
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Selfie Michelle Ann Rose "Mitch" Bonzo
Home Sweetie Home Teen Darla Sanchez
2015 Oh My G! Sophie Z. Cepeda
Wansapanataym: Fat Patty Patricia "Patty" Dionisio/Fatima
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Pink Dress Amabelle Marquez
Wansapanataym: Christmas Witch Irene
2016 FPJ's Ang Probinsyano Denise Paulino
Born for You Samantha "Sam" Reyes/Kazuko
Wansapanataym: Holly & Mau Holly Arellano
2017–2018 Wansapanataym: Jasmin's Flower Powers Rose Miraflores/Jasmin
2018 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Mangga Daisy
I Can See Your Voice Guest Artist
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Cards Rosela
2019 TV Patrol Herself
Maalaala Mo Kaya: White Ribbon Moira Dela Torre
2019–2020 The Killer Bride Emma Bonaobra / Vida dela Cuesta
2020 Maalala Mo Kaya: Tren Aira Dimapilis

Digital seriesEdit

Year Title Role Platform
2019 Touch Screen Amanda Munoz iWant
2020 U-Turn Drew Netflix

Music videoEdit

Year Title Artist Role
2015 Chinito Problems[41] Enchong Dee Herself
2017 Unli[42] BoybandPH Herself

Stage musicalEdit

Year Title Location
2008 Jollitown Christmas n/a
2009 Paul! Paul! Meralco Theater


Year Nominated Work Award-giving Body/Recognition Result Ref
2013 Herself 61st FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Won [43]
Be Careful with My Heart 27th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality Won [44]
ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Breakthrough Star Won [45]
2014 Candy Readers' Choice Awards Female Rising Star Won [46]
45th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Female Star Won [47]
45th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Loveteam for Television (with Jerome Ponce) Won
11th Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Breakthrough Performance by an Actress Nominated [48]
Yahoo! Celebrity Awards Female Emerging Star Nominated
10th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Female Cutie Nominated
10th ASAP Pop Viewers' Choice Awards Pop Teen Popsies (with Marlo Mortel) Nominated
Mahal Kita Pero Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 3rd Best Song Won [49]
Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs Myx Best Music Video Won
2015 Herself 17th Gawad PASADO Awards PinakaPASADOng Dangal ng Kabataan Won [50]
Alta Media Icon Awards – Best Female Recording Artist Won [51]
MOR Pinoy Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated
Chinito Problems Myx Music Awards Best Appearance in a Music Video Nominated
2016 Haunted Mansion 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies – New Movie Actress of the Year Won [52]
Herself 8th PMPC Star Awards for Music – Best New Female Recording Artist of the Year Won [53]
2017 Wow Na Feelings Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 4th Best Song Won [54]
Himig Handog TFC's Global Choice Award Won
2019 Nung Tayo Pa Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 4th Best Song Won [55]
Be My Fairytale Myx Music Awards 2019 Remake of the Year Nominated
Myx Music Awards 2019 Media Soundtrack of the Year Nominated
2020 The Killer Bride GEMS Hiyas ng Sining Best TV Series Actress Nominated
51st GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Princess of Philippine Television Won [56]


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External linksEdit

  Media related to Janella Salvador at Wikimedia Commons